M-Audio OXYGEN 8 V2 25-Key USB MIDI Controller 9900-41392-00
- 25-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard with USB MIDI interface
- 8 fully assignable MIDI controller knobs
- 6 transport buttons also assignable to any MIDI parameter
- Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
- Includes Ableton Live Lite 4 music production softwareso you can make music right away
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Escaping from my local retailer with M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 in hand, I rushed home to see if these bells and whistles really mattered. Skipping the dated CD-ROM that came in the package, I downloaded the current M-Audio drivers using the World Wide Web. Driver installation was painless, and then I connected the hardware. After windows carefully chewed on three different hardware wizards it was all done. Not bad, although I have some sympathy for anyone who is not familiar with the Windows "Found New Hardware" wizard. Fortunately the documentation describes the procedure in detail. The creative session that unfolded over the next few hours is what prompted me to write this review. Long ago it was very difficult to pass "special" information over Midi. Users were forced to map out keyboards, sift through menus, and spend hours on configuration. Those days are over! With this current technology, mapping a function to a dial or button is a simple matter. Software like Cubase and Reason just ask for you to touch the dial you want to use. After you give the dial a little twist the software detects it and maps it to the function of your choice. I could not be more pleased with how well this works.Read more ›
Besides being easy to set up and use, I've been impressed with the quality. It really is a heavy-duty instrument. The whole thing just as a very sturdy, substantial feel to it. The key-action is decent. It does register how hard you press the keys pretty well. The one thing I don't like is that I have a fairly "light touch" and it fails to register some of my keystrokes. It really wants you to pound the keyboard apparently. I've gotten used to it, and it's fine for putting together little tunes at home, but it's no piano replacement, that's for sure.
Another bonus: incredibly easy to setup. Put the CD in the drive, load the drivers, plug it into a USB port, fire up your software. It worked perfectly the first time.
It's great for jotting down ideas in a digital audio workstation -- like having a musical sketch pad. And it's full-featured enough to really fill those ideas out if you like. It even has an input for a sustain pedal, if you like using one.
I had no trouble getting it up and running. I did run the included driver disk before plugging it in (I'm running Windows XP). After the drivers were installed and the controller connected, my DAW software recognized it immediately and I was off and running.
If you connect it via USB, everything you need is in the box. If you plan to connect it with a midi cable, you'll need both the midi cable and a 12 volt DC power supply, neither of which is included. It doesn't have a battery compartment. It only runs on external power, whether from the USB connection or a power supply.
I really like that it doesn't take up much room. When I'm not using it I can stand it on end out of the way, or just tuck it on a shelf.
As other reviewers have mentioned, it does have a nice heft and it feels sturdy. The action of the keys is adequate -- I don't expect the feel of a concert grand piano at this price -- but it's more than good enough.
This is a really good choice if you're looking for a compact midi controller at a very good price.
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So simple and easy to use, it kind of changed my life -- or at least, my relationship with music.
I'm not anybody's idea of a musician, but this plug-and-play USB... Read more
I just purchased this controller used at my local Music-Go-Round a few days ago - and I LOVE IT! Well, I'm beginning to love it after cleaning it up and getting some of the dust... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by MICHAEL C ROGERS
Just about anything by M-Audio is great. I got this for two reasons. One for playing left handed bass lines when recording and another to act as a "keyswitch" also when... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by 19six9
This controller does everything it said that it was going to do. I have used very few of the features that it has. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Old Viking
M-audio has proven to be a quality manufacturer and this item is yet another example of that. Everything worked without a hitch and easy plug and play make this a great buy. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by herman blount
I actually use this dude for strings on stage, plugged into my EMU Proteus 2000 - it's really dependablePublished on March 30, 2010 by John L. Francis
I own a previous version of this keyboard, and it worked OK though the pitch-bend wheel stopped working after a year. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by TJ LA
When I purchased this product I was looking for an entry level midi controller with more than just a keyboard. The Oxygen 8 V2 was exactly what I needed. Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by HNelson
I returned this keyboard because it contains lead. What do you expect from China. The owners manual does state "Contains lead..wash your hands after use". Read morePublished on October 3, 2009 by William W. Murray